The Franchise

August 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Ron would like to hand the franchise off to Rand. The Pauls are about money. They raised $47 million, and at least 5 of it was spent on the campaign. And a lot of the rest of it went into the pockets of Rand Paul family members and other hangers-on. It’s a great franchise, so we’re gonna try to hand the franchise to the idiot son. It’s not going to work, because when this is over, I think Johnson will have greater cache.”

  • Roger Stone, Republican lobbyist, consultant, and strategist, currently working for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson
  • Source: Interview with Esquire
  • Context: Stone was speaking on the friction between the Ron Paul campaign and the Johnson campaign. Specifically, he mentioned one instance where the Paul campaign refused to allow Johnson’s supporters to attend a speech at the Sun Dome. He accused Paul of funneling campaign contributions to his son and other supporters, in hopes of passing on his position to his son Rand in the future. Regarding the Republican Party snubbing Gary Johnson during the debates, Stone said that Johnson would be on the ballot in every state and votes for him would ultimately decide the election, taking votes away from Romney:

“So the party’s going to regret not allowing Johnson into the debates. All the national chairman had to do was pick up the phone to CNN and say, What are you doing, this guy’s a reputable candidate, why isn’t he being allowed? But they didn’t give us the time of day. And in politics, payback’s are a bitch.”

This Is How We Feed Animals

August 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

“This is how we feed animals.”

  • August 28, 2012
  • Source: Talking Points Memo
  • Context: An attendee at the Republican National Convention allegedly threw nuts at a black camerawoman working for CNN while saying “this is how we feed animals.” It is unclear whether the attendee was a delegate. Although CNN did not get into the specifics they did confirm that an incident did occur: “CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.”

Not Letting Facts Dictate The Campaign

August 28, 2012 § 1 Comment

“Fact-checkers come to this with their own sets of thoughts and beliefs and you know what? We’re not going let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.”

  • Neil Newhouse, Romney campaign pollster, August 28, 2012
  • Source: ABC News
  • Context: During an ABC-Yahoo! News interview, which included Romney’s senior advisers Eric Fehrnstrom and Beth Myers, Neil Newhouse said that Romney’s ad attacking Obama for welfare reform has been the most effective for their campaign and he brushed off criticism that the ad is, in fact, false. The Washington Post, Factcheck.org, Politifact, and many other independent organizations have all rated Romney’s accusations as false.

The Race Card

August 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Chris Mathews and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus got into a heated debate on the August 27 airing of Morning Joe when Chris Mathews criticized the use of the race card by the Republican Party against President Obama. Watch the video below:

Done Rather Well

August 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

“I think he’s done rather well, in fact. I mean, we are out of Iraq, which is a timetable that President Bush had established, and I think we are slowly turning over in Afghanistan in a sensible way. Sooner or later, the two countries, the two peoples – the Afghanistan population and the Iraqi population – have to take responsibility for their own destiny and their own future. So I think he’s handled that well. He hasn’t gotten us in any new conflicts. I think he has been vicious on terrorists with drone attacks, getting rid of Bin Laden, and things like that. I think he’s protected the country rather well.”

  • Colin Powell
  • Source: CNN (interview with Fareed Zakaria)
  • Context: Colin Powell praised President Obama on his foreign policy, although he stopped short of endorsing him as he did in 2008, saying that he is holding off until weighing all the issues. In the same interview, he criticizes the partisanship in Washington, which he says is the worst that he’s ever seen it in his 40 years in the capitol.

A Vision Of The Future

August 27, 2012 § 1 Comment

“As America prepares to pick our president for the next four years — and as Florida prepares once again to play a decisive role — I’m confident that President Barack Obama is the right leader for our state and the nation. I applaud and share his vision of a future built by a strong and confident middle class in an economy that gives us the opportunity to reap prosperity through hard work and personal responsibility. It is a vision of the future proven right by our history.”

  • Charlie Crist, former Republican Governor of Florida, August 26, 2012
  • Source: Piece written for the Tampa Bay Times
  • Context: Crist, a former Republican and now Independent, as come out and endorsed Barack Obama for President. His moderate positions put him at odds with the much more conservative Republican Party of Florida. In this piece, written for the Tampa Bay Times, he goes on to criticism what the Republican party has become:

“But an element of [the Republican Party] has pitched so far to the extreme right on issues important to women, immigrants, seniors and students that they’ve proven incapable of governing for the people. Look no further than the inclusion of the Akin amendment in the Republican Party platform, which bans abortion, even for rape victims. The truth is that the party has failed to demonstrate the kind of leadership or seriousness voters deserve.”

  • He praises Obama’s efforts and policies following the financial crisis which he inherited in 2009:

“We often remind ourselves to learn the lessons of the past, lest we risk repeating its mistakes. Yet nearly as often, our short-term memory fails us. Many have already forgotten how deep and daunting our shared crisis was in the winter of 2009, as President Obama was inaugurated. It was no ordinary challenge, and the president served as the nation’s calm through a historically turbulent storm.

The president’s response was swift, smart and farsighted. He kept his compass pointed due north and relentlessly focused on saving jobs, creating more and helping the many who felt trapped beneath the house of cards that had collapsed upon them.”

“President Obama has a strong record of doing what is best for America and Florida, and he built it by spending more time worrying about what his decisions would mean for the people than for his political fortunes. That’s what makes him the right leader for our times, and that’s why I’m proud to stand with him today.”

Wouldn’t Be My Speech

August 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

“It wouldn’t be my speech. That would undo everything I’ve done in the last 30 years. I don’t fully endorse him for president.”

  • Ron Paul
  • Source: New York Times
  • Context: Ron Paul, in an interview, stated that the Republican convention planners had offered him a speaking role under two conditions, that he deliver remarks vetted by the Romney campaign, and that he give a full-fledged endorsement of Mr. Romney. Paul refused. This comes as tensions between Ron Paul supporters and the Republican Party are at their highest. The Republican Party denied Paul delegates he had won during the primaries. Although he has not endorsed Romney, his son, Senator Rand Paul, has.

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